A direct sequel to Dune Messiah.
This looks at Alia as she is forced to deal with the Empire after Paul so abruptly leaves. Jessica plays a big part too.
Where the Dune Chronicles were big in scope and vision, these books between books by Herbert and Anderson seem to be looking at the nitty-gritty, the small. And I don't like that contrast. Dune SHOULD be big and galactic and over-arching.
I'll continue to read these other Dune books, but I have no interest in buying them. Writing about the immediate past, far past and ending the series is one thing, messing around between books is another.
It is just messy and really unprofessional.